New CMO at Highlands

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Highlands Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Andursky (standing) welcomes Richard Tiberio M.D. as the hospital’s chief medical officer.

Events

n Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society will hold a budget-friendly In Design jewelry sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec.10 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 11, Main Floor Corridor, Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Merchandise includes jewelry priced at $6 and more, including designer inspired handbags and electronics all at priced 50 to 70 percent department store prices. Proceeds benefit auxiliary projects in support of Excela Health.

Support groups

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Men. This small group meeting for men is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. They are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-542-7243.

n Breaking Addiction, HEAL Group for Women. This small group meeting for women is designed to help those who have a desire to overcome addictions and find a new direction in life. All sessions give instruction for practical life skills through Biblical Principles found in God’s Word. Discussion and interaction are encouraged at each group meeting. The meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Eagle Ranch Ministries Inc., 1579 Pleasant Valley Road, Mount Pleasant. Registration: 724-244-5261 or 412-969-8520.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital is hosting a Suicide Bereavement Support Group 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the educational conference center. This support group is a four-month program that meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This program is led by a licensed psychologist and is free and open to all those touched by suicide. Required registration: 724-678-3601.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital is hosting an Alzheimer’s Support Group from 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 11, in the educational conference center. This free support group meets once a month. It is designed to help the families, friends and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Discussion topics include the challenges of coping with this disorder as well as techniques for managing stress and methods of encouraging social engagement. Reservations are requested by calling 724-258-1333.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital is hosting an Ostomy Support Group from 2 to 3 p.m., Dec. 20 in the educational conference center. This support group is free and open to all persons with ostomies and their families and friends. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Information: 724-258-1773.

n Caregiver Support Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of the month at Lafayette Manor. Classes meet in the new Physical Therapy Department. Light refreshments are provided.

n A Cancer Grief Group offered by Excela Health meets 2:30-4 p.m. every Thursday at Our Clubhouse, 4893 Route 30 East, Greensburg, for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration: www.excelahealth.org or 877-771-1234.

n Excela Health offers several support groups to help individuals cope with grief during the holidays. A four-week support group will meet 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 126 E. Fairview Ave., Connellsville. Information: 877-771-1234.

n Grief support group, 6-8 p.m. first Tuesday of every month, at the St. John the Evangelist Church on West Crawford Avenue in Connellsville. The group is a collaborative effort for those facing grief due to the loss of a loved one from addiction. Information: 724-628-6840.

n The spring program for Stepping Stones Bereavement support will begin 7-9 p.m. March 4 at the Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Uniontown. The program runs for 10 weeks with different topics being presented weekly. Anyone who is newly bereaved or is still having problems dealing with grief is invited to attend. There is no cost to participate. Information: 724-439-1683.

n Al-Anon Family Groups, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Trinity Church parlor, Fayette and Morgantown streets, Uniontown. Please enter at the handicapped ramp entrance. A second is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Christian Church, Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville. These meetings are for anyone who has been affected by or is having problems from someone else’s drinking. Information: al-anon.alateen.org or pa-al-anon.org.

n Survivors of Incest Anonymous group, 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month, excluding holidays. This 12-step recovery program is meant for men and women aged 18 or older who were sexually abused by a trusted person as a child. The group meets at the Mount Macrina Retreat Center. A similar group, Healing Friends, is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Information: peopleofcourage@gmail.com siawso.org, or healingfriends8@gmail.com.

n Missing Piece of My Heart Support Group, 6-8 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Crime Victim’s Center conference room in the Oliver Square Plaza. The group is for families who have lost a child to a violent crime. Information: 724-438-1470.

n Silver Generation Support Program, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, East End United Community Center, Uniontown. The program is for ages 55 and older. Information: 724-437-1660.

n The fall program for Stepping Stones Bereavement Support will be held 7-9 p.m. Mondays at the Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Uniontown. Anyone who is newly bereaved or still having problems dealing with grief is invited to attend. There is no cost to participate. Registration: 724-439-1683.

Courses

n Monongahela Valley Hospital is offering the class “Look Good Feel Better” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the educational conference center. The American Cancer Society designed this program for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Presenters will provide specific treatment techniques to help ladies look their best while undergoing treatment. All who register more than five days prior to the event will receive a makeup package valued at $200. Registration: 800-227-2345.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital is offering the program, “Innovations in Medicine: ‘Do You Have Low Back Pain?’” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the educational conference center. This education program is designed to educate you about low back pain. Eric Nabors, M.D., will discuss symptoms and treatments of low back pain. Registration: 724-258-1333.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital is offering the class “Managing Your Diabetes” 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11, 12 and 13 in the educational conference center. This program is designed to help you with diabetes self management. You will learn, “What is diabetes?” Other topics include the importance of controlling your blood sugars, diabetes medications, lifestyle changes, meal planning and methods to reduce your risk of complications. The program is three consecutive days. Registration at least one week prior to class: 724-258-1483.

n The Monongahela Valley Hospital is hosting an “American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED” course from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 in the education conference center. Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR/AED) classes are offered by Monongahela Valley Hospital. The fee for the class is $50 to cover the class and required materials. Registration: 724-258-1333.

n Monongahela Valley Hospital will host the “American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED” program 9-11 a.m. Dec. 18, in the education conference center. This course is designed for the layperson that has little or no medical training, and is taught by a certified instructor. This course is for people who do not need a certification card for a job. Content includes an orientation to CPR for adult, child, infants, choking and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Cost of this course is $35 to cover the cost of the book, which includes a class participation card.

n Exercise classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Center in the Woods, 130 Woodland Court, Brownsville. Classes include chair dancing at 9:30 a.m. followed by healthy steps at 11 a.m. Information: 724-938-3554.

Announcements

n Highlands Hospital announces that Richard Tiberio M.D. has assumed the role of chief medical officer (CMO). As CMO, Tiberio will play an integral role in developing and executing clinical strategy while working with other physician leaders and staff to develop and influence programs and services to advance the healthcare needs throughout the community and the Laurel Highlands Region. “I am looking forward to taking on this new leadership role for the hospital,” Tiberio said. “We have so much talent among our staff. And I am excited to oversee the efforts of ensuring that our patients receive top notch quality care close to home.” Tiberio has almost 30 years practicing in Connellsville as a Board-Certified Internist. He most recently served as a Hospitalist for Highlands Hospital. His area of focus is in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, lipid disorders and vascular disease. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine for Seton Hill University Physician’s Assistant Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and completed his residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

n Centerville Clinics has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Health Center Quality Leader for “exemplary service and commitment to quality healthcare” and has received a Quality Improvement grant. In a letter announcing the award, HHS Administrator George Sigounas noted, that Centerville Clinics, Inc. placed in the top 30 percent of all health centers nationwide in quality of patient care. Centerville is one of nearly 1,400 health centers nationwide. The Quality Improvement grant to Centerville Clinics is part of $125 million awarded nationally. The grants, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will be used to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Centerville Clinics provides total healthcare throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, serving more than 40,000 patients. The Clinics locations serving Fayette County include California Family Practice, Connellsville Medical and Dental Office, Fairchance Office, Republic Medical and Dental Office, Uniontown Family Doctors, and the Joseph A. Yablonski Memorial Clinic. The Clinics locations serving Greene County include Carmichaels Clinic and the Waynesburg Office. Contact: 724-632-6801, ext. 2558.

n Mon Valley Community Health Services, located at Eastgate 2, Monessen, has expanded its medication-assisted treatment program, offering Suboxone and Vivitrol treatment for opioid addiction through its Centers of Excellence (COE). Patients do not have to receive primary care services form the clinic to participate in medication-assisted treatment and referrals are not required. No one is denied service due to an inability to pay at Mon Valley Community Health Services. Patients in the program will be under close physician supervision and can undergo additional treatment and recovery support, such as drug and alcohol counseling. Information: 724-684-8999.

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